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Wine Adds a Smile to Friendship and a Spark to Love | Paradise Springs Winery Wedding

“Wine adds a smile to friendship and a spark to love.” – Edmondo de Amicis

That quote needs no explanation. Obviously. The smiles, friendship and sparks of love are all in these images from Vicky and Rob’s wedding held at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA.

Vicky and Rob met at Paradise Springs where Rob is the head winemaker. So it was the most natural choice for them to step into their journey together as husband and wife here. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon with an amazing backdrop, vows at sunset and a rocking reception with a LOT of super fun people.

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Not to mention a gorgeous couple!

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A meaningful ceremony and then onto reception shenanigans!

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I may or may not have been having as much fun as the guests while I was working. Ok, I definitely was. I love watching what’s happening on the dance floor and catching the fun and energy. And I LOVE it when people engage with me. Those always make such fun images. So, yeah, get up in my face!

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Somewhere along the line one of the props from the photo booth made it inside and oh yeah! I wish I could remember what song was playing!

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And who doesn’t love some air guitar!!

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Here’s to Vicky and Rob! Thank you SO much for allowing me to capture your special day. I’m so blessed to have met you and I wish you all the best in your new life together.

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And all of this awesomeness was made possible by some amazing vendors!

Venue: Paradise Springs Winery

DJ: Randy Richmond from Bialeks Music

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery

Wedding Gown: Casablanca from White Swan Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Steph and Sondra at Bridal Artistry

Flowers: Twinbrook Floral

Caterer: R and R Catering

Photo Booth: Facetime Photo

 

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You Are Made of Awesome So It’s Only Natural You Are Beautiful – VA Portrait Photographer

“You Are Made of Awesome So It’s Only Natural You Are Beautiful” – First and Chic Blog

I’ve taken to finding quotes that help describe my sessions and clients. It’s fun and I think imparts a deeper sense of connection to what I’m honored to experience. And there’s a whole lot of awesome and beauty in this post!

Back in February I found and joined an AH-MAZING all female networking group. It’s kind of hard to call it networking when really it’s more about female entrepreneurs uplifting, guiding and supporting each other in a wonderful sisterhood kind of way. Joining Femworking was one of the best decisions I’ve made for both my business and myself!

Naturally I have met some incredible women, one of which owns a women’s enrichment society, Charmed Cardinals. More sisters joining together to enrich themselves on a much different level from the typical GNO that usually involves copious amounts of alcohol, a wicked hangover and definitely not feeling uplifted the next day! As soon as I heard what this group was about I thought I’m striving to do the same thing with my Goddess photoshoots — uplifting and empowering women and helping them to connect to their Inner Goddess.

Charmed Cardinals offers its members monthly experiences to get together, learn something new and connect. Well the owner and I both knew we had to do a photography experience. And we did just that a few weeks ago!

I created and led a workshop on how to look great in photographs! Tips and tricks for those times when you’re not being professionally photographed or when you’re out with friends and someone pulls out the iPhone and proceeds to snap away. A girl has got to be prepared! Especially when those photos can wind up on social media outlets. Then after the tips and tricks we got down to the business of letting them practice their newly learned skills in front of my lens!

Can I just say how lucky I was to have six gorgeous women to play with and photograph?! And that they all are truly made of awesome! Seriously oozing awesome.

Now I know how nerve wracking it is to step in front of a camera. I recently had a photo shoot done and I pretty much completely forgot everything I know to guide clients. Yes, I was totally nervous! More on that to come in another post. So I can only imagine that these lovely ladies were a bit nervous and maybe feeling awkward. But that’s ok because my job is to quell that. My job is to guide them to stand and pose in ways that usually feel weird and awkward but make a great image. But more important my job is to make them feel comfortable so they know they are rock stars full of awesome, because they truly are. My job is to help them connect with their Inner Goddess. And connect they did.

Thank you Charmed Cardinals for the opportunity to provide this experience to your lovely members!

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